The Vale of Orotava; A Guide-Book ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... domestic servants, they have this advantage over the average English servant, in that they often become very attached to their masters and mistresses, but they require a lot of looking after. THE WINE OF THE COUNTRY A Great deal of wine is made in Orbtava and consumed by the people, but the quantity of good wine made is very small. Of old, wine was exported to England called Canary Sack, and was apparently well worth drinking, though potent enough probably. There are old wines to be bought both of a sweet and dry character from Don Pedro Reid in the Port, and from Messrs. Sinclair, Hamilton and Co., Santa Cruz. The gentry also make small quantities of good wine properly fortified with grape brandy and fit to keep, but the general wine of the country that can be bought for a reasonable price, the "vin ordinaire," is not at all satisfactory. The fact is, that owing to the nature of the grapes, or the warmth of the climate, such a thing as a light wine that will keep is impossible. Mr. A. Bovill and Mr. C. Byron, residents in Orotava, attempted the task some years ago, carefully selecting the grapes, but had to give it up. It is a vexed question, but it has undoubtedly to do with the temperature of the country in which the wine is grown and made. Perhaps it is that the extra sun puts more sugar into the grape. Anyhow, it is a fact that Italy, France and North Spain, temperate countries, can make these keeping light wines, but Algeria, Australia, the Cape, California, these islands and Madeira cannot. The proper way to meet this non-keeping of wine is to fortify it with spirit made from the grape or (if you have it!) old wine. In Teneriffe this is found too costly for the cheap wine, so it is adulterated with raw, unwholesome...show more
- 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
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